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Vampire has performed its last blood ritual.
The occult-wave band, known for its dark, gothic pop and theatrical performances, played its final show on Aug. 5 at The Casbah, after making music together for a year. Frontman Rafael Reyes explains that the band split because bass player Daniel Leigh Ross, aka Vikti, lost interest in continuing.
However, Reyes says, Vampire are still planning to finish an album they were working on when Ross announced he wanted to leave the band.
"Our friend and bandmate, Vikti, is no longer in love with the band, but there is love for the music that we, as friends, have created, and out of respect for that friendship, we are going to finish our album," Reyes says in an email to CityBeat. "Once it's done, we will have a record-release party, where we will show, through film, our year's journey as a San Diego band."
While Vampire is over, Reyes will continue to perform in other projects, all of which are defined by genres that Reyes coined himself. He says he plans to continue with another "occult wave" project, called Sons of the Moon, which also features Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession). He's also continuing his solo project, Nite Ritual, as well as "killwave" band Prayers and Ermavip, a "shadowave" band that also features Vampire guitarist Ian Dosland.
After spending a year in San Diego, dream-popsters Mothlight are relocating to Los Angeles. Frontman Matt Billings, who started Mothlight in 2007 while in college in Santa Barbara, says the motivation to move is unrelated to the band.
"I've been doing web design for a while now, and the main opportunities that I've found have been up there," Billings says. "Not to mention everyone in the band is originally from San Diego, and we just want to experience a new city."
Billings says the band's still planning to record a new album, Calico, in San Diego and will recruit two new members to play alongside him and Grant Stevens. Billings also assured CityBeat that Mothlight will play shows in San Diego in the near future.